20 not always plenty

The ‘20 is plenty’ campaign is gathering a little momentum. I wonder perhaps if these well-intentioned people have missed the point somewhat.

As a speed limit, 30mph is a permitted maximum ‘when road and traffic conditions allow’ it is not a target.

Having a reduced maximum speed is not going to reduce accidents.

If motorists are going to speed they are going to speed whatever a sign on a stick says.

Going past a school at 5am at 30mph in some situations is probably acceptable, going past a 20mph at going to school time is almost certainly too fast.

What, then, does a reduced maximum achieve?

I suggest nothing more than a lot of unnecessary costs at a time when we could do with saving money.

I write as a motorist, parent and cyclist.

Jonathan Fulford